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Records Management for Museums and Galleries

An Introduction

The systematic management of records is an important activity for ‘information businesses’ such as museums and galleries, but is not always recognized as a core function. Record keeping activities are often concentrated on small groups of records, and staff charged with managing them may have limited experience in the field.

Records Management for Museums and Galleries offers a comprehensive overview of records management work within the heritage sector and draws on over a decade of experience in applying fundamental principles and practices to the specific circumstances of museums. It introduces readers to the institutional culture, functions, and records common to museums, and examines the legislative and regulatory environments affecting record-keeping practices. The book is comprised of eight chapters, including: a history of records keeping in the UK museum and gallery sector; the basics of records management; making a business case for records management; requirements of legislation for records management; how to conduct a records survey; strategy and action planning; how to develop a file plan, retention schedule and records management programme; and a guide to useful additional resources.

Paperback, 278 Pages

Published: April 2012

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-637-1

Reviews

  • This book will doubtless prove to be a useful guide for those responsible for records management in the museum and gallery sector., Australian Library Journal

Contents

  • The history of record keeping in the UK museum and gallery sector; Records management basics; Making a business case for records management; Legislation and records management requirements; The records survey; Strategy and action planning; Developing a file plan, retention schedule and records management programme; Resources; Appendices: Policies, forms and checklists.

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